LANCASTER, S.C. (WBTV) – Two Lancaster teens are accused of shooting and killing a cat, police say.
Lancaster police say Grant Bodison and Joshua Kiser, both 19, shot a stray cat during a cookout at a home on John Everall Road on Sept. 10.
Police were told the cat had become a “nuisance” by rummaging through the garbage at the home. The cat came around again as the residents were cooking out and that’s when Bodison shot the cat with a BB piston, police say.
Kiser then shot the cat, police say, but the cat was still alive. “Another person at the residence saw the cat was injured and apparently suffering and dispatched the cat by hand. The cat was then buried on the property,” Lancaster police say.
The cat’s body was recovered and brought to a vet, where it was x-rayed. Images showed two BBs in the cat’s body.
The University of South Carolina-Lancaster conducted a parallel investigation, as residents of the home were students at the university, police say.
“This was a senseless and unfortunate event,” said Sheriff Barry Faile. “I hope these young men learn something from the negative consequences that have and will result from this incident.”
Bodison and Kiser are charged Thursday morning with ill treatment of an animal.
Anyone with additional information is asked to call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 803-283-3388 or Crime Stoppers at 888-274-6372.
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